The Top 5 Root Causes of IBS

Fatigue, hormone imbalances, weight gain, insomnia, and anxiety... do you struggle with any of these IBS symptoms? Not to mention malabsorption from a leaky gut. If you struggle with IBS, odds are it's triggered by at least one of the root causes below.  Once we know what's causing the problem, we can fix it. IBS is not a single disease with a single cause. There could be multiple causes. And they're going to be unique to each person. But I want to share with you the five that I see in my clients most often.

Many of these causes might not be discussed with you by your doctor. It’s really motivating stuff, because it means there are very treatable solutions for your IBS symptoms...and what a relief to know it’s not “all in your head."

#1 Dysbiosis of the Gut Microbiome

Often the result of antibiotics, a dysbiosis is difficult to detect.  After all, what can you find?

It's a lack of beneficial bacteria that leads to these IBS-type symptoms, rather than the presence of any particularly bad bacteria.

Unfortunately, even a single course of antibiotics can permanently alter the gut flora and increase your risk of getting dangerous bacteria.

#2 – Leaky Gut

When you have a ‘leaky gut’, it’s like the wall is broken between your intestines and your bloodstream.

Macromolecules of food, toxins and pathogens that normally aren't allowed through (now flowing freely into your bloodstream) begin making your immune system alert and start fighting.

This is called an inflammatory immune response and causes all sorts of hormonal imbalance symptoms.

#3 – Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)

While both hydrogen and methane types typically result in abdominal bloating and distention (as with IBS sufferers), SIBO types are divided into one of three different categories: diarrhoea-dominant, constipation-dominant, or alternating variations of both.

Does this sound familiar? If so, that's because, according to some studies, as many as 85% of people diagnosed with IBS actually have SIBO.

#4 – Infections

Infections may also be a cause of your IBS.

Gut infections caused by pathogens:

  • Fungi/Yeast: Candida albicans
  • Parasites: Cryptosporidium parvum, Blastocystis hominis, Entamoeba histolytica, Giardia lamblia
  • Bacteria: Helicobacter pylori, Citrobacter, Clostridium difficile, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Campylobacter

#5 – Food Sensitivities

Clients with food sensitivities commonly exhibit IBS symptoms of gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhoea and abdominal pain.
The most prevalent food triggers for IBS sufferers I see include reactions to gluten, dairy, nuts, and others.

These include true allergies (IgE-mediated immune responses) or ntolerances (IgG-mediated immune response) as well as enzyme deficiencies leading to conditions like lactose or fructose malabsorption.

If you resonate with any of these issues, I have a solution below that'll start your gut-healing journey.

Where to Start

Healing the gut is a journey. If you are ready to begin yours, please consider two options:

  1. The Happy Gut Plan is designed to give you a deeper understanding of your body and your gut's effect on hormonal and long-term health, and vitality. It is a simple, proven 2 phase gut-healing procedure.  It will inspire, motivate and give you practical knowledge on how you can manage insulin levels, target belly fat, increase energy levels by starting healing your gut.

  2. Schedule a FREE consultation to learn more about how I work with clients all over the world to heal digestive system and treat the various root causes of hormonal imbalances and IBS symptoms.


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